The perfect destination for your New Orleans Wedding!

Read how Ashley and Michael planned their destination wedding with ease as they coordinated with our experienced event team to ensure no detail was left undone. We want you to have a stress free and incredible experience whether you are a local or destination client!
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What made you select New Orleans as a destination for your wedding?
In July of 2018 we traveled down from Toronto to New Orleans for a weekend trip as it was a long weekend in Canada. Ashley (my wife) wanted to take me down here to see if I loved the city as it is a destination she would like to move to in the future and buy a property soon. Little did she know, I was going to propose to her at Southern Oaks Plantation after our dinner date! I told her I was taking her on a plantation tour. Stacey (the Queen of proposal’s and weddings) had a beautiful setup under the oak tree where I popped the question. Then, after viewing the site of Southern Oaks Plantation, we decided on the spot to get married here! Also Ashley said if we ever got married, it would have to be in New Orleans! It was the best decision of our lives! 
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-What was one thing about Southern Oaks Plantation that helped you realize it was the right place for your wedding?
After she said yes, we walked around the property and Stacey took us for a tour. It was the most beautiful setting we have ever seen. Like out of a storybook! The trees, the house, the pool in the backyard, the horses and stable, entrance way, the staff’s presence, everything was absolutely fantastic. Immediately we both felt so much comfort in working with Stacey we decided on the spot to have our wedding there. 
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Thinking back on your wedding day, what are a few details that really stand out?
There’s to much to answer here, I could go on for days! I would say the top 3 things that stood out was the scenery, like I said earlier, it looks like our wedding was out of a Disney movie. The next thing would be the food! We have heard everyone say endlessly how much they LOVED the food. Their chef’s come up with the most creative finger foods that really changed the way we look at weddings here in Toronto. We’re used to the sit down, 7 course meal, taking hours on end. This was just a non-stop party and everyone was up the whole night dancing, eating, drinking and just having such an amazing time. Lastly, I’d honestly just have to say everything. Everything truly stuck out and it’s impossible for us to choose just a few things. Stacey and her team are literally the dream team. I’ve said numerous times I wish we could get married on a yearly basis there!! 
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-Tell us about your experience planning a wedding from afar with the events team at Southern Oaks Plantation. 
Without Stacey, we would have had such a difficult time getting things planned out. Planning a wedding in a totally different country is extremely difficult! Because, we cannot go food tasting, or see the flowers and check out the decorations. Everything had to be done over the phone, email, texts, it really consumed most of my days from engagement to wedding day. But, having Stacey and her team at southern oaks plantation really took the stress away most of the time as they were fantastic when it came to dealing with vendors, who to deal with, the good and the bad. The events team on the day of the wedding were incredible. We had so many people comment to us (still to this day) that the service was off the charts amazing, and we agree! This was a 10/10 experience that I will always remember for the rest of my life as one of the best days of our life! 
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The Rumors About Southern Oaks Plantation Are True!

The Rumors About Southern Oaks Plantation Are True!

There are many things we’ve learned along the way while being in business for over 32 years, and there is one thing we can guarantee – Southern Oaks Plantation truly does live up to its reputation! Owner and operator, Bobby Asaro, shares that there is an inside joke among staff when there is an outlandish task such as painting the grass green (see below!) the response is, “Because Mr. Bobby says so!” southernoaksplantation

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There is no detail that goes undone at Southern Oaks Plantation, you will receive the all star treatment on your wedding day! 

The attention to detail does not rest on the appearance of the property, but the professionally curated decor, the handcrafted menu items – executed perfectly every time, and the unmatched customer service.

Where else in New Orleans can you receive a luxury experience complete with all of the best traditions our city has to offer? Drago’s oysters, Cafe du Monde beignets, or the famous Lucky Dog – if you dream it, we can do it! Our biggest passion lies within our signature services such as a true New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, the horse and carriage featuring Southern Oaks’ own Magic and Majestic, and the unforgettable fireworks show!

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Through countless five star reviews,  clients that wed at Southern Oaks decades ago and return to see the weddings of their children, and the incredible feedback we receive again and again.. we can guarantee that Southern Oaks Plantation will absolutely live up to its reputation!

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Southern Oaks Plantation Is Your Only Destination!

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New Orleans is consistency awarded as the top destination for weddings, and its easy to see why! However, you can only find the true New Orleans experience here at Southern Oaks Plantation! See why Brandon and Heather chose to plan their wedding from afar right here! 

A few notes from our bride…

Brandon and I met in New Orleans back in 2014. Brandon was in pharmaceuticals at the time and was there for work. I was in the city for my sisters Bridal Shower.

I am graduate of Loyola University and so is my little sister.  Many of our friends from College were still in the city.  Also, it is a quick drive from Atlanta where she lived at the time.

The Bridal Party and I were walking down Royal Street, shopping, walking and listening to music.  Brandon walked by with one of his colleagues and started up a conversation.  We kept talking for the duration of the trip (4 days). Had our first date at Muriel’s Jackson Square, and even met up after a Saints game.  At the end of the trip, he went back to Miami.  I went back to Los Angeles.  We did long distance for about a year, and then decided that we would both move to Atlanta.  After 5 years and 2 kids, we decided it was time to tie the knot.  New Orleans was the only place in our hearts that made sense.  New Orleans brought us together.

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Why Southern Oaks?

Southern Oaks has the most stellar reputation.  A college girlfriend of mine is the owner of a well known bridal gown boutique in New Orleans.  I gave her a list of venues that I was considering.   I wanted her opinion knowing that she had likely been to all of them and knew the reputation of each.  She told me I had some great venues on the list, but that Southern Oaks was hands down the best location for everything that we wanted. Pictures do not do the property justice and each picture is amazing. Southern Oaks is the perfect backdrop.  It captures New Orleans in a way no other property can.

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Wedding Day Standouts?

On the way to the Southern Oaks Plantation, it started to rain, and I was in the limo crying.  I knew the wedding would be beautiful regardless, but I wanted so badly for the wedding to be out front on the mansion porch.

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As we got closer the rain stopped, but I just knew they had moved things inside.  To my surprise as we pulled up the drive, folks were outside drying the chairs.  When I get into the waiting area, everyone told me not to worry, they were going to do everything in their power to make sure it was outside.  Even if that meant starting a little later.  But they said that based on the radar, we should be good to go!  It was outside and it was amazing.  At the end of the ceremony, the fireworks just topped everything off perfectly.  Mr. Bobby even added a send off firework at the end of our Mardi Gras parade as a surprise!  It just sealed the perfection of that night.

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That is just a few examples.  The atmosphere was perfect and the food unbelievably good.    There are so many wonderful things I could retell.  I did not have to worry about ANYTHING. Everything was exactly how I imagined, and literally not one thing went awry. I look back on that day and just can’t believe how magical it truly was.  People have not stopped talking about it.

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Planning a Wedding From Afar

The idea of planning a destination wedding while managing life with 2 toddlers and a fiance, sounded like a bad idea.  Juggling 20 different vendors was just not an ideal situation.

Southern Oaks made it so incredibly easy.  I handled the cake, flowers and officiant and wedding string quartet.  Southern Oaks did all of the rest!  I just had to tell them what I wanted.  Between the picturesque venue to the amazing food. There is no where in New Orleans where you have so many options that add to your day and make it so special and unique.

 

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Stunning Ceremony Spots at Southern Oaks Plantation

Experience Southern Oaks Plantation from any backdrop that suits your style from a stunning oak tree to our grand façade, to the dazzling ballroom!

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We have a variety of brides and grooms that choose our venue, so we have sought out to curate the most iconic ceremony locations so that you can choose one that supports your style as a couple. If you have dreamed about an outdoor wedding, but concerned about that unpredictable weather of Southern Louisiana – you’ll never have to worry at Southern Oaks Plantation as our Plan B option is rarely seen as Plan B when its this beautiful! Sparkling chandleries, custom LED lights, and twinkling candles make our grand ballroom a stunningly intimate space for you and your guests.

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It is no surprise that the grand entrance of this antebellum style plantation is selected as our most popular choice for ceremony locations. From the perfectly manicured lawn to the majestic oak tree, there is no shortage of beauty leading up to our altar. Our expansive grounds allows you to easily accommodate a large guest list, and create a memorable impression from the moment they arrive! Horse and carriage rides, traditional New Orleans second line bands, and customized firework shows make this space even more magical!

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Southern Oaks PlantationOur Stunning oak features the most intimate setting of all. Voted the most gorgeous oak tree in all of Louisiana, we feature a setting that requires little accents to the existing beauty of nature. Say your I do’s beneath the moss covered canopy and experience a truly Southern ceremony.

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At Southern Oaks Plantation, we strive or perfection no matter your style or guest count. We want to ensure that no matter what backdrop you choose, you and your guests have a night that you won’t soon forget!

 

 

Romance Under The Oaks Featured on Belle the Magazine

When we say romance can be found here at Southern Oaks Plantation, we mean it! From the sprawling oak tree to the grand columns of our antebellum styled home – we have though through each detail. We want you to feel transported the moment you arrive, and really feel the essence of Southern Oaks!

 

Our very own, Stacey Asaro, set the scene for a truly stunning fête along with an incredible team of vendors to show how enchanting the plantation can be whether day or night. She designed a remarkable stunning lounge with our grand home featured as the backdrop.

 

We could not be more thrilled to showcase the beauty of Southern Oaks Plantation! Featured on Belle the Magazine.

Event Planning: Project Proposal | Ceremony Venue: Southern Oaks Plantation | Jewelry: Aucoin Hart | Photography: Hi Volt Studios | Floral: Nola Flora | Groom’s Attire: Jeff’s Haberdashery | Videography: Lonely Eskimo Films | Fashion: Chatta Box Boutique | Rentals: Lovegood Rentals | Hair: Ashley Coulon | Makeup: Makeup Meltdown | Model: Brooke Duffy | Model: Donovan Duffy | Submitted via: Matchology

 

Award Winning Chicken Sandwich

We heard there was a bit of a discrepancy on who has the best chicken sandwich in the city of New Orleans, so we decided to throw our hat in the ring. Based on a unanimous vote of all Southern Oaks Plantation couples, we present to you: the best chicken sandwich in the city!

This parmesan chicken sandwich is loaded with cheese, marinara sauce, and more cheese – and made bite sized to perfectly fit in your hand for optimal dining pleasure. Dreamed up by our master menu creator and owner, Sue Asaro, has knocked it out of the park once again! Why wait in long drive through lines when you can enjoy our sandwich with a glass of champagne in hand at a wedding you won’t soon forget! In the words of one of our recent grooms, “This sandwich is so good, I can’t even talk about it.”

 

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Praline Chicken Found Only At Southern Oaks Plantation

If there is one thing we are known for here at Southern Oaks Plantation, other than the gorgeous oak tree, sprawling grounds, and impeccable customer service.. its THE FOOD! And there is one menu item that is a favorite among couples, their guests, and our vendors – its the praline chicken!

We hear it again and again, when some of our favorite photographers are back shooting a wedding, they always tell us “I’ve been looking forward to this praline chicken since this couple booked me!” What could be more exciting than creating a menu item loved by our industry peers? Although, our couples seem to love it just as much! Here are a few words from a recent bride: “The food was also AMAZING!!!! The venue staff sent Cody and I a to-go box of our favorite items on the menu.  When we got to our hotel room that night, before we went to bed, we were both so pumped about digging into that to-go box! Cody could NOT stop talking about Southern Oaks Plantation’s praline chicken…. it is TO DIE FOR!!” Well, if that doesn’t convince you its the  best, we don’t know what will!

Owner and lead chef, Sue Asaro, takes great pride in creating unique and innovative menu items to continue to impress our couples. And her talent knows no bounds! The praline chicken may be a popular item, but the recipe is staying safe here at Southern Oaks! That means, to give it a try – you must attend a wedding here with us! Your taste buds will thank you!

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Southern Oaks Plantation, best food in New Orleans!

When you think of New Orleans, the first things that come to mind are jazz music, historical sites, and of course – THE FOOD! Southern Oaks Plantation prides itself on giving our couples the full New Orleans experience, and that experience begins with our impeccable cuisine. Our lead chef and owner, Sue Asaro, has filled the menu with over eighty delectable items included in every single wedding package. Why limit your guests to only a few options when you can give them everything, here at Southern Oaks Plantation!

 

I constantly receive compliments on how it was the best wedding people have been to and that the food was spectacular! – Kristina, Southern Oaks Bride

 

We just celebrated our 13th anniversary, and people are still talking about the beautiful venue and fantastic food! – Laura, Southern Oaks Bride

 

I trusted them with every detail and the staff at Southern Oaks made my beautiful day come true! And my guest can’t stop talking about the food! – Lizzie, Southern Oaks Bride

 

The most common compliment we get on our wedding day was that it was an absolute fairytale. From the horse and carriage, incredibly talented jazz band, the stunning grounds, insane food, perfect decor, and all the other bells and whistles (seriously, we could go on and on!) – Jordan, Southern Oaks Bride

 

I have never tried so many different appetizers, food, desserts & drinks! It felt great to be served & treated like royalty! – Blessed, Southern Oaks Bride

 

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A True Taste of New Orleans

Beignets, Oysters, and Lucky Dog Hote Dogs are just a few of the classic items that come to mind when thinking of New Orleans cuisine!

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When booking your wedding with Southern Oaks Plantation, not only will you receive our curated menu of over 80 menu items but you will also have the option to add in any of these New Orleans classics! We don’t believe your guests taste buds should be limited to a few items, we want them to get the full dining experience that our city is known for. Our innovative style of service is to ensure your guests are able to dine, drink, and dance the night away without ever having to wait in a buffet line. Our chefs study the latest and greatest menu items and combine it with tried and true traditional items to bring you and your guests the menu of a lifetime. Here are a few words that have described our food over the years.

“10 years later, our guests are still talking about the FOOD!”

“I want to get married all over again, just so I can have some more of that delicious food!”

“Southern Oaks Plantation should open a restaurant, the food was incredible.”

“We loved everything about our wedding, but the delicious food had to be our favorite detail!”

“THE FOOD WAS AMAZING!”

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Here, Every Day Begins With Once Upon a Time!

Here, every day begins with once upon a time.

Here, we make brides’ dreams come true.

Here, every detail is the most important detail.

Here, each moment is unforgettable.

That is the magic of Southern Oaks Plantation!

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Here, at Southern Oaks Plantation, it is our mission to exceed your expectation in every way. From the moment you step onto our sprawling grounds you will notice an expertly manicured lawn, the most iconic Oak tree in the city, and what TLC has named the “BEST venue in the state of Louisiana!”

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In addition, Southern Oaks Plantation is the only antebellum style venue location within fifteen minutes of downtown New Orleans! While our grand façade is of true plantation style, the interior of our venue is updated in a modern style to perfectly accent any color palette whether bright or neutral.

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Our all inclusive collections feature over 80 handcrafted menu items, luxury linens, custom LED lighting, professional DJ, and expert planning advice from our event team. We LOVE making your wedding dreams come true! southernoaksplantation